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Green Dragons stuff West Hancock

Robert Blackford/Editor

The Aledo-Westmer Green Dragons looked impressive Saturday, Aug. 30, when they defeated West Hancock, 40-6.

"The defense was ahead of the offense," said Aledo head coach Cullen Welter prior to the game. "I would have thought it would have been the other way around."

Welter thought that without a doubt the turning point in the game came after the Titans cut the Aledo lead to 13-6. "We weathered the storm and came back strong. I think we had a little pre-game jitters."

The West Hancock offense took the field first but were stopped in three plays by some tough defense. The Titans lost seven yards on its first two plays including a four-yard loss when Jordon Frieden hit Jeff Melton in the backfield. "The second play of the game was my favorite," said Frieden. Frieden said he was ready to hit someone besides a teammate. "I was ready for it (the game). I thought we did a really good job. In the second half we knew we needed one more score to put them away."

Aledo's offense took over and covered 54 yards on five plays for the touchdown. Aledo quarterback Brett Anderson hit senior tight end Devon Bysinger for a 24-yard score. "I was very, very nervous," said Bysinger. "It was my first time starting on offense. It was the first touchdown in my whole career. I had no idea I was going to score."

Aledo led 6-0 at the 8:29 mark.

"We didn't know what to expect from them," said Welter about West Hancock. "We were a little surprised when they started out in the (shot)gun. That took a little bit of an adjustment."

The two teams traded possessions. Aledo linebacker Ethan Ball was all around the ball hitting Titan quarterback Blake Lomax for a four-yard loss to kill one West Hancock series.

"I thought the defense, except for a couple of breakdowns played pretty well," said Welter. "Ethan (Ball) played aggressively and smart. He had an outstanding game."

West Hancock faked a punt which gave Aledo good field position at the West Hancock 27-yard line. After a 14 yard pass from Anderson to Colton Welch, Anderson completed the drive with a quarterback sneak and Aledo led 13-0. Sophomore Luke Boucher kicked the extra point.

Midway through the second period West Hancock put together its only scoring drive of the game -- an 11-play drive when Lomax connected with Kendall Summers for a 25-yard score. Lomax hit tight end Trevor Farris for the two-point conversion.

Aledo bounced back and took advantage of a West Hancock miscue. Aledo's Ian McDonald came up with a Titan fumble on one play. On the next play Matt Dawson ran 33 yards for the touchdown.

The Green Dragons increased the team's lead to 27-6 after a three-yard pass from Anderson to Ball with 1:05 remaining in the game. Anderson completed three passes to Welch to set up the score.

Aledo scored again early in the third quarter on an 80-yard run by Dawson to give Aledo a 33-6 advantage with 11:02 remaining in the third quarter.

"I had some really good blocking," said Dawson. "We came out a little slow in the first quarter."

After a 71-yard touchdown run by Anderson was called back Anderson hit Ball with a two-yard pass for the final score of the game with 4:54 remaining.

Welter said,  "I think we have some weapons on offense. Brett (Anderson) can run and throw. I would hope we could be able to do a little more (tonight)." 

About next week's opponent --  Kewanee Wethersfield -- Welter said, "We will see a big jump in athleticisim. We will find out how well we read our keys. We'll find out how much team speed we have. I know they have outstanding athleticism from their track team. They will spread us out and try to take advantage of their team speed."